Movie Talk III: Fruit CHAN
Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Fruit Chan had his breakthrough with Made in Hong Kong (1997), a ultra-low budget drama that landed him overnight success. Staying true to his vision with the films the followed – The Longest Summer (1998) and Little Cheung (1999) – Chan earned a reputation as an “artistic” director in the Hong Kong independent film world. However, as the director of Three: Dumpling (2004) and Tales From the Dark Part 1 (2013) and the producer of high-profile projects like The Colour Blossom (2004), Prince of Tears (2009), Hot Summer Days (2010) and The Zodiac Mystery (2012), Chan has also proven to be equally capable of handling commercial genre projects. 10 years ago, Chan began working up north in Mainland China, producing short films like a segment of Chengdu I Love You (2009). He even made web-based shorts Xi’An Story (2006) and A+B=C (2006) before the term “micro-film” began trending online. Always working without boundaries, Fruit Chan is undoubtedly one of the most versatile filmmakers working in the Greater China region today.
An interesting figure like Chan is certainly the perfect guest for the “Movie Talk” series. We will discuss how Chan finds inspiration for his offbeat works, how he found his sense of belonging in Hong Kong as a new immigrant to the city, the path to creating his most memorable characters, discovering young talented actors like Sam Lee and Qin Hai-lu, making meaningful local films with a limited budget and how to stretch his creative muscles in today’s Hong Kong.
The Movie Talk series is curated by veteran film researcher Law Kar
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